NJPW fighter Kushida has announced he will leave the company at the end of the month.
Kushida attended a NJPW press conference on Sunday in which he confirmed that his contract would expire on January 31 and that he would not sign a new contract.
According to NJPW broadcaster Chris Charlton, Kushida told reporters:
This was an extremely difficult condition made with Meij, Sugabayashi and Kidani. It was a very important decision in my life and thank you for understanding. I go abroad and see the world of professional wrestling.
The 36-year-old started his NJPW race in 2010 during the Super Juniors' Best Tournament. He went on to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship six times. He also won the IWGP Jr. Tag Team twice with Alex Shelley as Time Splitters.
During the press conference announcing his decision, Kushida began to thrill and shed a few tears. "I do not know why I'm crying," he explained. "This is my decision and I'm not sad about it. These are happy tears.
The press conference can be seen in NJPW World.